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NEW MUSIC: Mélat x Jansport J - “Move Me” EP.

It’s sometime between 1996 and 2006, you’re young, somewhere between being in love and one step away from heartbreak, but still somehow having the most carefree summer of your teenage life. That’s how Ethiopian-American singer Mélat's debut EP Move Me makes me feel.

Produced by Jansport J, Mélat gives us nine dreamy tracks with catchy R&B/neo-soul melodies and a voice that’s as golden as her sun-coloured hair.

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Laura Mvula’s Metropole Orkest-backed Album is the Stuff That Starry Dreams Are Made Of.

It’s been incredible watching the rise and rise of Laura Mvula over the past two years.

Since the release of her vocally arresting debut single She, Mvula’s been shortlisted Critics’ Choice award at the 2013 BRIT Awards, nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, signed a major recording contract, released her incredible first album Sing to the Moon which reached number 9 on the UK Albums Chart, fell within the top 100 in seven other countries and entered the US Billboard 200 peaking at 173. At the 2013 MOBO awards, she took home the awards for best female act and best R&B or soul artist.

Knowing her LP Sing to the Moon was more than just a contemporary classic-folk-soul-pop album, or what The Guardian calls “gospeldelia”, Mvula released an absolutely enchanting version of her debut album in June this year. Called, Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios, Mvula’s re-recording was made in collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Buckley and recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. It features ethereal orchestral re-workings of songs from Sing to the Moon.

If it wasn’t plain to see before, it most certainly is clear now. With this album, Mvula makes concrete that she’s in a league of her own. It’s captivating, classic and celestial.

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NEW MUSIC: Lil Opy & Shimzie featuring Uncle Rafool - “Wedding Day”.

If P-Square’s ‘No One Like You’ was the unofficial official Nigerian wedding song of 2011, Lil Opy’s ‘Wedding Day’ is the 2014 anthem that fulfills the same purpose.

The song features London-based British Nigerian sibling artists Lil Opy and Shimzie showcases the best in Nigerian weddings - from fashions, both traditional and western, to the dancing, luxury cars and, of course, the food (chai! that jollof rice looks so damn good!).

Lil Opy and Shimzie and joined by masked comedian-cum-artist Uncle Rafool who looks like Lagbaja’s lovechild with his makeshift ‘mask’.

Wedding Day was produced by 15-year old younger sibling Lil Opy and written by both brothers to celebrate their aunty’s engagement. The celebratory video was directed by Can Somer.

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NEW MUSIC: Shabazz Palaces - #CAKE.

Experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, consisting of Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai “Baba” Maraire, have just released their seven suite second studio album Lese Majesty.*

Having already released visuals for Dawn in Luxor, they follow up with this Hiro Murai-directed music video. #CAKE features vocals from THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White

*click to listen to the album in full.

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Top Music Videos for August 2014.

A round-up of our favourite music videos posted over the month of August!

P.H.fat ft JungFreud - ‘Lights Out’

Next generation South African duo P.H.fat team up with arguably one of South Africa’s best lyricists JungFreud AKA Nonku Phiri to make one of the best electronic hip-hop tracks of the year.

Okmalumkoolkat - ‘iJusi’

An experimental rapper with an afrofuturist edge, it’s hard to not pay attention to anything South African artist Okmalumkoolkat does.

Niyola ft Banky W - ‘Love to Love You’

Nigerian R&B crooner Banky W features on this steamy new track and video for fellow artist Niyola’s hot new single Love to Love You.

Estelle - ‘Conqueror

The UK singer is back in full force with a brand new uplifiting anthem Conqueror that shows some vocal ability we haven’t seen before from Estelle.

Azealia Banks - ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’

Desert scenes, dirt bikes, and the fiery self-proclaimed “best bitch in the rap game”.

Sauti Sol - ‘Sura Yako (Your Face)’ 

Kenyan boyband Sauti Sol have a brand new dance (called lipala) to accompany their latest single, and a music video that shows you just how to get down to it (with the help of the Sarakasi dancers).

MNEK - ‘Wrote a Song About You’

An insanely catchy and beautiful electronic pop ballad with a solid house beat, MNEK’s rich and soulful voice is

Benjamin Clementine - ‘Condolence’

Doom soul British-Ghanaian singer Benjamin Clementine walks a strenuous and lonely road in the new music video for his song Condolence.

Awilo Longomba - ‘Bundelele’

The man who brought us one of the continent’s most-loved Soukous songs is back! Whilst the single was released a few months earlier, Longomba’s finally dropped the offiicial music video for his track Bundelele (meaning ‘dance’).

NEW MUSIC: The Weeknd - King of the Fall.

The sequel to his video for Often, Abel Tesfaye’s new music video sees him walking in slow-mo through the streets of his hometown of Toronto, attending a few house parties along the way.

Luke James - “Stay With Me” (Luke James Vocal cover).

Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Music.

Music events happening all around the world!

In The Woods Festival

An independent music festival featuring some of the best up-and-coming artists in the UK. This year’s line up includes Laura Marling, Nao, Years & Years and Trudie Dawn Smith

August 29th - 30th
A secret location only disclosed to ticket holders, Kent

End Of The Road Festival

Highlighted acts we’d be excited for include Benjamin Clementine, Cold Specks and Tinariwen.

August 29th - 31st
Larmer Tree Gardens,

Salif Keita Acoustic Tour

Malian music legend Salif Keita will be embarking on a special acoustic of the United States that kicks off on August 30th at Chicago’s Africa Festival. See all the dates and venues here.

August 30th - September 21st
Various venues, USA

Fool’s Gold Presents: Day Off ‘14

Danny Brown, French Montana, ARAABMUZIK and more make up the line up for this Labor Day concert hosted by Fool’s Gold Recs.

September 1st
50 Kent, New York (Brooklyn)

BESTIVAL

Outkast, Busta Rhymes, Candi Staton, SBTRKT, Laura Mvula, MNEK, and many, many more.

September 4th - 7th
Robin Hill Country Park near Newport, Isle of Wight.

Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall

An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself. 

September 13th
Southbank Centre, London

Luke James at SOB’s

Don’t miss out on a chance to see the incredibly talented Luke James performing live in New York.

September 23rd
SOBs, New York

TribeOne Dinkoeng

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Get to see African and international acts, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Wizkid and AKA, to Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, and J. Cole.

September 26th - 28th
Cullinan, Gauteng

Rocking the Daisies

One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.

October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Deep in the Woods Music Festival

South Africa’s premiere deep house music festival is currently in its second year. Catch the likes of Craig Massiv, House Knights, Electronic Mafia and Ricardo Da Costa all in one place.

Meyers Farm, Alberton
October 4th - 5th

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NEW MUSIC: Kele Okereke  - “Doubt”.

Departing from his usual guitar-driven alternative rock style, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke opts for a much heavier electronic dance sound for his new single Doubt.

His upcoming album Trick is due out October 13th.

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NEW MUSIC: Abe Says - “When I Wake Up”.

Abraham Popoola is a London-based creative whose upcoming film Kebab' sees him take on the role of both leading actor and director.

Currently working on his first EP, Popoola, who goes under the name ‘Abe Says’, has released this neo-soul electronic hip-hop track When I Wake Up - an unashamedly heartfelt romantic tune about an all-consuming lover, and I can’t stop listening to it.

If his name at all sounds familiar, you may have heard his voice and seen his face in this video from in Cecile Emeke’s Strolling' series.

Lady M - The Incentive EP.

Just came across this uber deep house music mix from Cape Town based DJ, Lady M (aka Margaret Westergreen) and for a house music lover like myself, this is absolutely golden.

If you’re into what you hear, she’ll be performing at FUTUREDEEP this Friday, August 29th, at Julep in Cape Town and her slot begins at 11am.

NEW MUSIC: FKA twigs - “Wet Wipez”.

Experimental dance forms take center stage in this performance art video directed by twigs herself and featuring the London-based expressive dance collective Wet Wipez.

(H/T: Dazed)

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NEW MUSIC: P.H.fat ft JungFreud - “Lights Out”.

Next generation South African duo P.H.fat team up with arguably one of South Africa’s best lyricists JungFreud AKA Nonku Phiri to make one of the best electronic hip-hop tracks of the year.

As for the video? Be prepared to see a bunch of girls breaking a whole bunch of things.

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NEW MUSIC: Okmalumkoolkat - “iJusi”.

An experimental rapper with an afrofuturist edge, it’s hard to not pay attention to anything South African artist Okmalumkoolkat does.

In the latest dark pink-tinted bi-coastal music video for iJusi, a single featured on hist recently released Holy Oxygen EP, the KZN rapper gives a nod to the late Pan-African icon Chinua Achebe and pioneering painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, whilst giving us alternating views of trippy scenes shot in Vienna and Johannesburg, and delivers a series of dope lines you’re sure to find yourself quoting before the end of the song (“boss talk, no Hugo).

“iJusi means juice in Zulu,” Okmalumkoolkat explains, “As in I got the shining, I am the blessed one.” He also mentions that the song’s intent was “to show flair like Basquiat’s brushstrokes, every bar is a stroke of genius. The poems are informative if you really listen. Just so you all know who has the shining. I feel like in terms of being one with oneself, I am the closest in the continent and in the world’s amongst spoken word messengers.”

(H/T: OkayAfrica)

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Lauryn Hill takes a much-loved happy-go-lucky musical tune and updates it with poignant lyrics that will make you both shudder and nod in agreement and frustration.